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Three Balloons

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by Bryan Costales external link

Three balloons rested atop a bookshelf and reflected the living room lights. The white balloon was almost transparent, while the aqua and pink balloons were more opaque.

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Behind Rocks

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by Bryan Costales external link

Our new Polemonium (aka Jacob's Ladder) plant grew behind the rock pile at the patio end of the "Snake" raised back yard garden. As it grows it will eventually display many tiny lavender flowers.

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Young Sweet Pea

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by Bryan Costales external link

Three young sweet pea plants were just beginning to climb up the lattice at the fence end of a raised garden bed. These young sweet pea plants would begin to flower in the early summer.

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Pink And Narrow

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by Bryan Costales external link

A pink flowering and narrow rhododendron also grew against the back fence. This rhododendron also suffered too few flowers because of shade.

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Two Ferns

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by Bryan Costales external link

Two ferns grew underneath one of our raised beds in the side yard. They liked the shade too.

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Started Growing

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by Bryan Costales external link

A fern had started growing underneath one of our raised bed vegetable garden supports in the side yard. It clearly liked the shade.

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Wide And Leggy

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by Bryan Costales external link

A wide and leggy rhododendron plant was in partial bloom in against the back fence. This rhododendron exhibited few blossoms because it lived in partial shade.

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On Building Side

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by Bryan Costales

The mural was painted on the side of the Chase Bank building at the non-parking side of a parking lot.

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Closer View

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by Bryan Costales external link

A closer view of one of the bunches of lilacs blooming on one of our lilac trees. From this distance their wonderful aroma could be appreciated.

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White Pelicans

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by Terry Costales

Taking photos from a boat was a new experience. I was able to get much closer to this flock of Pelicans before they took flight. These appear to be Australian Pelicans because of the pink bills. Or do American White Pelicans have pink bills in the winter? Further research needed.

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Harbor Seal

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by Terry Costales

This photo of a Harbor Seal was taken very near the Lucy Evans Interpretive Center at the bird sanctuary. I was very surprised to see it but the ranger verified that they have been known to occasionally appear.

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Another Tree

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by Bryan Costales external link

Another of our lilac trees grew straight up and blocked the view over the fence. This tree's branches were weighted down with bunches of lilac flowers.

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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

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by Terry Costales

Yesterday I thought these birds might be Australian Pelicans but with further research I found they are American White Pelicans in non-breeding plumage. I'm glad that's settled.

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Tortoise

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by Terry Costales

These two large tortoises ambled about and were not as sluggish as one might expect. I dont know which species of tortoise this is because I forgot to photograph the sign.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

The Great Egret has just caught a small fish.

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Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

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by Terry Costales

When I took this photo I thought it was a common crow. That was in April. I processed this photo recently and discovered it was actually a jackdaw. A Jackdaw is a type of crow but has a grey head and pale eyes. Some people associated the Jackdaw with the children's nursery rhyme "See Saw, Margery Daw".

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

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by Terry Costales

This female Killdeer is standing over eggs in its "nest." Three eggs are actually present but only one is clearly visible. Even the clearly visible one is very well camouflaged. It is reputed their call sounds like "kill deer" and thus the name. I don't hear it myself but maybe that's just me.

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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

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by Terry Costales

This snowy owl at the Dublin Zoo was very quiet but, if it had spoken, it would have had an unusual voice.

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Boxer Puppy

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by Terry Costales

This little guy was as sweet as Halloween candy and was like velvet to the touch. You can tell he is well cared for and loved.

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Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

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by Terry Costales

The moorhen is a very commonly found bird in England, Europe and the States. Even so, I had never seen one before this day in Hyde Park. Moorhens are related more to Coots than to ducks. Moorhens and Coots both have greenish feet with lobed toes which allows them to walk over water-plants and mud.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

I was fascinated to watch this egret hunt . He moved very patiently and slowly, then his head would dart into the shallow water and he would come up with a little fish. It must take a lot of little fish to fill such a large bird.

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Avocet non-breeding plumage

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by Terry Costales

This photo was taken late March of this year and many birds were still in just black and white. For courting and breeding the necks and chest acquire a rusty or tan color. They really seem to enjoy their mud-flats.

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Baby Cliff Swallows

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by Terry Costales

This photo was taken the last day of May. Nine days earlier there were no visible signs of chicks, although you could hear them peeping. On this day there were many little heads framed in the openings of nests. I wonder what another nine days will bring?

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Great Egret (Ardea Alba)

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by Terry Costales

These large egrets are graceful and breathtaking in flight. I watched this bird flying back and forth several times bringing nesting material back to it's mate. There was only one pair that I saw amongst dozens of the smaller Snowy Egrets.

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Breeding pair of Avocets

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by Terry Costales

Taken Early May, they are guarding a nest and looking lovely. Maybe next trip out there I can get a shot of some Avocet chicks.

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